Chad-O-Chef: Summer Sizzling Tips For A Healthier You

The braai is a fun and flavourful way to cook up a storm – and even better when it’s summer and the sun is out! Who doesn’t love to cook together with friends and entertain in style!

With all the summer entertaining you may have lined up, remember to make healthy choices and ensure a sizzling summer without the health concerns. The best part is that braaing is a great way to cook healthy options! Here are a few great tips for braaing healthier this summer!

Pick the perfect protein.
Fish, skinless chicken breast and lean poultry are all healthy choices. The good fats in fish like salmon and trout actually have a number of health benefits. And when you braai with skill, your guests won’t even miss the red meat, which usually has more saturated fat. Wrap marinated fish fillets in foil or construct colourful chicken kebabs.

Rightsize your portions.
A healthy portion of any type is about a fistful of food, or the size of a deck of cards. If that sounds small, just remember all the delicious grilled veggies and side dishes that will be keeping it company on your plate!

Give it a soak or rub.
We’re not talking about a spa day! Marinating or rubbing spices on poultry, fish and meat can add amazing flavour with the bonus of being able to use less salt. All you need is about ½ cup of marinade or 1 tablespoon of spice rub for each pound of food. Make a simple rub of your favorite spice (such as allspice, chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, paprika or rosemary) and black pepper. Safety tip: never reuse marinade or rub after raw meat has touched it.

Add colour and spice it up.
Just about all your favorite colourful fruits and veggies can be grilled, alone or in kebabs, giving them delicious flavour that might win over even the most committed carnivore. The trick is to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. Brush with a healthy oil to prevent sticking or use a grill basket to keep them out of the line of fire. Some favorites include asparagus, avocado, bell peppers, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, squash and zucchini.

Let the simple grilled goodness shine through.
Don’t drown your grilled masterpiece in salty sauces, sugary condiments or heavy dressings. Use as little of these as possible, and try making your own healthier condiments. It’s easier than you think! And sometimes, a simple squeeze of lemon or lime is all it needs.

At Chad-O-Chef you will receive a free braai cover with ever Sizzler Mobile Braai purchased.

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